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A tribute to march composers

Rogue Valley Symphonic Band will open its 2011-2012 season with a concert of musical tributes.

Under the baton of Frederick Schmidt, the 45-piece community band will feature marches by John Philip Sousa and Mark Camphouse.

“A Concert of Tributes” will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at the Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

The theme was inspired by composer Camphouse's “Tribute,” commissioned for the United States Army Band to recognize American women serving in the armed forces.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor Cristofer Jean will serve as guest narrator. He will read Dylan Thomas' poem “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” before the band performs a musical rendition of the poem by Elliot Del Borgo. The poem is a tribute to the triumph of the human spirit. Jean also will narrate a new arrangement of “Casey at the Bat,” composed by Randol Alan Bass.

Other pieces include Sousa's “King Cotton March” and “The Roosters Lay Eggs in Kansas”; Alfred Reed's classic, “A Jubilant Overture”; and Kenneth J. Alford's popular British march, “Colonel Bogey.”

Tickets, available at the door, are $8, $5 for seniors and students and $16 for families. See www.roguevalleysymphonicband.org or call 541-770-1668.

Frederick Schmidt will lead the Rogue Valley Symphonic Band in a concert of tributes to various composers. - Photo by Bob Pennell